Work: La Fille à la Marelle (Hopscotch Girl) mineral paint on cement; approx. 3 x 3 metres
Location: Residential Building,Caen, France
Client: Private Commission (through the building’s Body Corporate)
This residential block sits alongside a local primary school in the centre of Caen. The retired school teacher who lived in the top floor apartment of this building would often look out at the playground beneath and lament the lack of colour and interest in the environment for the students. For the benefit of those school children, the retiree convinced the other residents of her buillding to commission a gift that would enliven the local landscape and provide a fun, inspiring point of interest for the school community. The inspiration for the image itself was provided by the artist’s own neice, who he spied one day from a first floor window, playing hopscotch on the street below. Since the mural was completed, the image has become a popular local landmark inextricably linked to the primary school below.